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Frances House, 97, Killbuck

1920-2017

Published: June 10, 2017 5:00 AM

KILLBUCK -- Frances Marie House, 97, of Killbuck, went home to be with the Lord Sunday, May 28, 2017, at Walnut Hills Nursing Home, surrounded by her family.

She was born Jan. 8, 1920, in Holmes County, the daughter of George and Alta (Lahm) Patterson, and graduated from Killbuck High School as valedictorian of her class in 1937. In 1943, she traveled by train to Arizona where she married her high school sweetheart, Robert House, on Oct. 15. He preceded her in death on Nov. 21, 1990.

Frances House, 97, Killbuck

Surviving are children, Beth (Rich) Busche of Smithville, Tom House of Killbuck, Rosemary (Ray) Peters of Smithville and Vickie (Brent) Close of Killbuck; grandchildren, Kevin Guthrie of Coos Bay, Ore., Keith Guthrie of Thibodaux, La., Heather (Kevin) Fath of Smithville, Megan (Ryan) Turpin of Orrville, Greg Peters of Smithville, Vince (Morgan) Close of Bozeman, Mont., and Adam (Ashley) Close of New Albany; and great-grandchildren, Justin, Josh, Carter and Taryn Fath, Malayna and Mackenzie Turpin and Amelia and Hayes Close.

Frances was employed as a key punch operator for Nickel Plate Railroad in The Terminal Tower in Cleveland, and was a clerk at Killbuck Post Office for many years.

She was a life member of Killbuck United Methodist Church, where she was active as a Sunday school teacher, a member of the choir, and in WSCS/UMW. She was also a member of Killbuck Valley Garden Club, Holmes County Gideon's Auxiliary and Phi Sigma Gamma Sorority.

She was an accomplished seamstress and known for her beautiful flowers and arrangements, both of which she shared with others.

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by a brother, Raymond Patterson; and sisters, Bessie Geiselman, Pauline Engel and Ruth Booth.

Funeral services were Friday, June 2, 2017, at 4 p.m. at Killbuck United Methodist Church, 410 N. Main St., Killbuck, with pastors Kenneth Smailes and Kevin Fath officiating. Burial was in Killbuck Cemetery.

Arrangements were handled by Alexander Funeral Home, Millersburg. Those wishing to share a memory or make online condolences may do so by visiting www.alexanderfhinc.com.

Memorial contributions may be made to Killbuck United Methodist Church, 180 Mark Ave., Killbuck 44637.

The family extends a special thank-you to Walnut Hills and to LifeCare Hospice, for all their loving care.


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